I’ve been good. Life is good. New music. Family is healthy and happy. The sun is shining. No complaints.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lift Your Hands”?
Well, for one thing, it’s a tune that almost didn’t make the album. I had this bare-bones structure and melody for the song. I was trying to convey the vibe and where I saw the song going to my co-producer, Matt Grundy. Matt’s got really solid instincts, but we just couldn’t see eye-to-eye on it. Once we got going and starting putting the brush to the canvas, the song began to really open up and it all started to come together.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
As a songwriter, I can’t help but be influenced by the people, places and events around me. Every song has a little bit of me and everyone else I’ve ever met wrapped up to create one unified lyric. To answer your question though, there hasn’t been just one particular event.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Well, that’s a whole other animal entirely. I was excited to work with my friends and filmmakers, Robert & Candice Nachman. Previously, we had worked on a couple different projects, but this was by far the largest production we had undertaken together. We filmed the music video out in the Southern California desert by Joshua Tree. The wind was howling … and cold. There were intermittent rain showers mixed in for good measure with snow flurries throughout the day. We were all freezing, but we put on our game faces, had a blast and bundled up between takes in a warming cabin on the property.
The single comes off your new album Brave Ones – what’s the story behind the title?
There was a band several years ago in LA called, The Brave Ones. It was a title that just stuck out to me and I carried around for years. I liked the way it looked written out and I loved how it sounded off the tongue. So, when I got to writing the lead track on the album, I pulled out the name as inspiration and built a story around it. The idea being how brave we are to dream and love.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was good. I’ve found that each recording session I’ve ever done has been a little different. You find out a bit more about yourself with each one. The recording process on this album was a lesson in patience. My co-producer and engineer, Matt Grundy, is always touring with Donavon Frankenreiter. So, recording was stretched out over the course of a year with a recording day here or two days there. For better or for worse, I got to sit with the music for a while.
What role does LA play in your music?
It plays a big role. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and couldn’t help but be influenced. LA’s a big, spread-out city with many different kinds of people from all over the world. I suppose it affects me in a way where I don’t just stick to writing in one genre style. I take some country and folk from here, a little R&B and rock from there and mix it all up.
Would you call this a total departure from your previous musical project?
I don’t think anyone ever departs… they just move on.
What aspect of love and loss did you get to explore on this record?
I would say, how they each related to the people or person surrounding them. From a parental love to romantic love. I even got into my own love for the great outdoors. Yet, with every gain there are to be losses. For instance, over a 6-week period there were 3 suicides of people that I either knew or had connection to through their spouse. The album has a solid mix of light and dark topics.
What made you to explore these particular themes?
They are universal, yet extremely personal.
How has this year’s tour been?
It’s been busy, but a lot of fun. It’s felt really good to finally play these songs live and to have people respond to them as they are.
What else is happening next in David Rosales’ world?
More touring. More music. Quality family time. Hitting the trails. Wash. Repeat.